Cockfighting in Puerto Rico and trade-dress protections for snack foods

Claud Mccoid

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This week we spotlight cert petitions that question the Supreme Court docket to take into account, among the other factors, the electrical power of Congress to criminalize cockfighting underneath the commerce clause and the good definition of “functionality” as utilized to trade gown.

Puerto Rico is a United States territory, with its very own constitution. And like a state, it is an autonomous political entity sovereign over matters not lined by the United States Structure. For the earlier 400 decades, cockfighting has been practiced on the island and is continue to today proclaimed by Puerto Rican regulation to be a “cultural appropriate of all Puerto Ricans.” Whilst illegal underneath federal regulation considering the fact that 1976, Congress continued to allow cockfighting exactly where permissible underneath neighborhood regulation until finally 2018, when Congress passed Area 12616 of the Agriculture Improvement Act. Area 12616 removed the neighborhood regulation exemption of the … Read More